Sesshin & Workhops

Each year the Melbourne Zen Group organises two traditional, silent, seven day residential Zen retreats known as sesshin – one in Autumn, and one in Spring.

Sesshin is a time for concentrated practice in the company of dedicated and supportive fellow practitioners. Each day of sesshin includes extended periods of seated meditation and walking meditation, dokusan, teisho (dharma talks), and work and rest periods. Meals are vegetarian.

The group also organises at least two other teacher-led activities each year, such as workshops, zazenkai with dokusan (individual meeting with the teacher about practice), and non-residential sesshin.

Application forms are usually made available two months prior to the event. Members of the public can sign up to receive further information about our retreats and workshops as it becomes available.

Upcoming Sesshin, Workshops & Teacher Events


Choosing Uncertainty

a weekend of online Zen practice

Teacher: Susan Murphy Roshi,
supported by apprentice teacher, Kirk Fisher.20-21st February, 2021.
9-4.30 (Saturday); 9-5pm (Sunday)

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How can Zen practice actively meet and express this moment – of living with such deep anguish and uncertainty about the state of the world and the next moment of our own lives?Is it possible to actively choose uncertainty? To find beyond the fear, alive inside that grief and pain, the voice of caring? In order to care, we have no choice but to know and feel what is suffering, including ourselves. To know what is suffering, on a planetary scale, we agree to stay open to the flow of the wild currents of the time we are in.

Is it possible to move with this flow in a judicious way, while stepping back from either ungrounded despair (leaning away) or groundless hope (leaning forward), with the open mind of not-knowing, the mind of Zazen?

And is there really any choice but to learn how to do this?

For further information & to register: online booking form

*If you intend to join us, please register early to secure your place